INTRODUCTION: Family health professionals have a critical role in providing the public with health education and demonstrating the appropriate healthcare behaviours. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the attitudes of family healthcare providers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 91.7% of the family healthcare professionals in Samandağ district of Hatay province were included. A questionnaire comprising 17 questions, including questions on the sociodemographic and occupational characteristics of the health professionals, and their attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines. Chi-Square, Fisher's Exact Test and Mann Whitney U tests were used in the statistical analysis of the collected data (significance threshold was fixed at p <0.05).
RESULTS: In the study, 67 (91.7%) of 73 family healthcare professionals participated. The mean age of the healthcare professionals was 41.5±10.1 years and 59.7% of the participants were female. Of the participants, 28.4% had been diagnosed with at least one chronic disease and 20.9% were living together with an individual over 65 years of age. To the question Would you get vaccinated if a COVID-19 vaccine were approved in our country? 35.8% of them replied Yes and 43.3% replied I am undecided. The main reason for the refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19, 22.4% stated that they did not have comprehensive information on the vaccine. The rate of physicians stating that they would get vaccinated was significantly higher than that of the midwives/nurses (p = 0.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Vaccine hesitancy and refusal of vaccine against COVID-19 is very important among family healthcare professionals. It is extremely important to organize in-service trainings and ensure that all professionals have access to this training about the COVID-19 vaccine.